Capital Campaign News
The Trustees of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens unanimously voted to launch a Capital Campaign with a goal of at least $50 million in June of 2008. The Campaign’s priorities, based on several comprehensive strategic and master planning studies, respond to the vision of the School’s major stakeholders to ensure the continued level of excellence in all the major areas of the School’s programs.
Goals of the Campaign
- Strengthening and enriching the academic program;
- Supporting the highest standard of excellence in research, including the development of new avenues for understanding the Greek world;
- Providing the resources to make the excavations at Ancient Corinth and the Agora the models for multi-disciplinary and technologically-advanced archaeological work in the archaeological world;
- Improving, expanding and maintaining the School’s facilities to support the research and teaching mission;
- Improving the technological infrastructure necessary to support and enhance the School’s programs;
- Sustaining a world-class publications program capable of presenting the School’s research to the highest academic standards, and harnessing electronic technologies to disseminate this work as widely as possible;
- Strengthening the financial base of the School’s operations.
Despite the general economic challenges of the past year, through the coordinated efforts of the many of the School’s trustees, directors, managing committee members, and staff, the School has raised over $22 million in gifts and pledges as of April 2010.
The ASCSA Capital Projects
The Capital Projects include renovations and new building construction that are geared towards improving the infrastructure of the School and responding to the increased use of many of its facilities. These major projects are:
The Blegen Library of the ASCSA currently serves more than 11,000 readers annually, and its collection, currently at just over 94,000 volumes, continues to grow. Renovations are planned so that the library can accommodate this growth and improve the efficiency of various systems within the library. The first of these improvements is the installation of an efficient new climate control system, one that would improve the ability to control the temperature throughout the building and to filter out elements that are harmful to both readers as well as the books. Other improvements include modifications to the floor plan to increase stack space, and the installation of a “smart” seminar room. A recent Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities will support part of these renovations, while newly raised matching funds will be needed to ensure the completion of these projects. See details here…
The Gennadius Library of the ASCSA has a readership of over 9,000, and its holdings exceed 116,000 volumes covering the history, language, literature and art of Greece from the Byzantine period to contemporary times. The current plans for the Gennadius Library include the complete renovation of the West Wing and the construction of a two-story underground extension to facilitate the implementation of an open-stacks system for the library’s non-rare research collection. This open-stack system would allow readers to have greater access to the research collection and increase efficiency by allowing the staff that was previously required to retrieve and shelve the books to provide more urgent services in other areas of the library. The National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant mentioned above in connection with the Blegen Library will also support, in part, the renovations and extension to the Gennadius Library.
Loring Hall is the School’s residence and dining hall for students and visiting scholars. It is the heart of the School—the place where the community of students and scholars gathers for meals, tea, informal lectures (“Tea Talks”) and traditional holidays. Since Loring Hall was constructed in the 1920s, only minimal updates have been made. It is now time to renovate this beloved building from basement to roof, including a new energy-efficient climate control system, new electrical, heating and plumbing systems, Internet capability in all spaces, and a new fire detection and fire fighting system. These long-needed renovations will make Loring Hall a hospitable home for the academy’s rising scholars. See details here. . .
The Wiener Laboratory is the realization of Malcolm H. Wiener’s vision for an archaeological science research laboratory at the School. This growing and active laboratory is at the forefront of archaeological science and has left its mark on archaeology in Greece. In 1992, with generous funding from the Malcolm H. Wiener Foundation, the laboratory was accommodated in the School’s Main Building. The lab has now outgrown its modest space, and plans for a new and expanded lab facility on the grounds of the School are taking shape. Current plans place the newly constructed Laboratory in the garden behind the Main Building.
A generous $2 million challenge gift for the construction of this new facility has recently been given to the School by the Malcolm H. Wiener Foundation, and matching gifts of over $500,000 have already been pledged toward a $4 million goal for the building. The American School is undertaking a campaign to complete the funding for the new Wiener Lab and to secure additional endowment and project funding to sustain an archaeological research laboratory of the highest caliber.